KCRW's Martini Shot
By Rob Long, KCRW.com
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Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot." A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International, he was a co-executive producer of "Cheers" while still in his 20s and is the co-creator of a string of (cancelled) sitcoms: "George & Leo," "Men, Women & Dogs," etc. Rob is also the author of "Conversations With My Agent," the cult classic about real life in Hollywood, as well as its recently published sequel, "Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke."
||Too Many Interactions||Rob sets up an email to set up a conference call and then a text to remind himself about it and then a call after the call to talk about what happened on the call. It's called "work" but not much work gets done.||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forget the Writer||Being a writer is a little bit like being a shepherd: it's quaint, people envy the solitude, but no one's afraid of a shepherd.||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||James Smith||Why movies succeed and why they fail and why the phrase isn't "The name is Smith. James Smith."||11/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||American Graffiti||If you've got a political point to make, and you're clever, you can pretty much sneak it into anything.||11/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presidential Traffic||Rob talks about two of Los Angeles' favorite topics: politics and traffic.||10/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Children's Movies||Rob discovers that the most immature and impulsive segment of the population are old people who act like teenagers.||10/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The OODA Loop||Inside the OODA Loop of television development. It's a military thing, which, surprisingly, really applies.||10/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Two Hander||Why do TV shows have dumpy guys married to beautiful wives, and movies have really old dudes married to young women, but it's never the other way around? Rob senses a marketing opportunity.||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Many Meetings||Rob attends a meeting to come up with something really new and different. But it's meeting, so that doesn't happen.||9/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||It's All Relativity||Rob sends a shout out to the bankrupt Relativity Media company. Because a successful movie and an unsuccessful movie both employ the same number of people, so more movies, more better.||9/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Peak Television||The TV business is like the oil business -- we keep pumping shows out of the ground until there're just too many shows and the price collapses. We need a show business OPEC.||9/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Safe Second||It's nice to have options. This is LA, after all. Things fall apart. Projects collapse. People flake.||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presenting||What primates do when they present themselves to each other. It's what we do around here, when we pitch.||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lead||Rob turns into the dark anti-hero he's always wanted to be.||8/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||First Date||On dating and television programming, which are a lot more alike than you'd think, both being complicated, expensive, and futile.||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Upgrades||Going back to a time when Dynasty and Laverne and Shirley were hit TV shows, now known as Empire and Broad City.||8/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Stealing Material||With no original material, Rob does everybody else does: he steals from Twitter.||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Turn Left Now||Getting ordered around town by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns out to know the very best traffic shortcuts.||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Olive Garden||Every entertainment executive should work at the Olive Garden for a day. Not exactly, but close.||7/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Open the Gates||Trying to do the impossible: to enter the gates of a studio and park for a meeting when it's the wrong studio and still maintain a small amount of personal dignity.||7/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Linkly Tied||What happens in Rob's brain when a pitch meeting goes well, which is that it stops working and says strange, nonsensical things.||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forgot to Laugh||Wading into the recent controversy about what Jerry Seinfeld said about college kids. That they're insufferable killjoys.||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||You've Got Nothing||Explaining why a movie won't work at the box office, right after it hasn't worked at the box office.||6/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Button||Using Evernote to prove that the entertainment business is about to get very crazy and very good, especially for writers. This is not a scientific conclusion.||6/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Who Did What||Breaking the tribal rule that binds all Hollywood writers together, Rob gives credit to a development executive.||6/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Funniest look at Hollywood I've heard in a long time
Rob Long almost always hits the bullseye in his take on life in "the business." I only wish this was a daily podcast so I could hear it more often.
I want more, come on!
I really do, I love this pod cast. I grew up in this business if you will, and I am endlessly ammused with Rob's take and description of all of the meeting, the gifts or lack of, the hidden messages masked here and there. I am waiting for the next with wild anticipation.
Interesting, short, and funny - the stories, I mean
Count on Rob Long to deliver some very interesting and funny short stories about what life is like as a writer in Hollywood. R U Listening?